Tag Archives: Diplomacy

Guyana to expand global diplomacy


Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge (R) and Retno Marsudi, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, hold talks in Georgetown

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — As Guyana continues to draw global attention as a result of massive oil and gas discovery, the country is set to see production start in 2020 and “as small countries, we need as many friends abroad as possible to survive,” the foreign minister of Guyana, Carl Greenidge, told the media last week in Georgetown.

This move is to protect Guyana’s sovereignty amidst Venezuela’s renewed claim to two-thirds of the country’s territory. By forging strong alliances through multilateral forums and bilateral ties, Guyana is hoping to raise its global diplomatic profile and, to this end,…

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WEKESA: Let’s promote Kiswahili as the language of African diplomacy


By BOB WEKESA
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A seemingly innocuous development, yet one loaded with diplomatic potential for Africa happened last week — the announcement that Kiswahili will be taught in primary schools in South Africa.

It is probably one of the most important developments in the trajectory of the language since it joined English, Portuguese, French and Arabic as the official language of the African Union in 2004.

Interestingly, the adoption of the predominantly Bantu language at the AU was in part thanks to former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano’s surprise delivery of a farewell speech as AU chairman in Swahili in 2004.

Indeed, the announcement by South African basic education minister Angie Motshekga, quickly garnered vibrant discussion on social media platforms in South Africa,…

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The anxious chorus around Chinese “debt-trap diplomacy” doesn’t reflect African realities — Quartz


At this month’s 2018 Summit of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation, the cornerstone of China’s investment and lending on the continent, Beijing made a pledge of $60 billion in investment, just like the previous edition.

It appears, however, that we are in a new phase of Chinese financing. A combination of domestic and international pressures is altering China’s extensive lending program—and African states that have relied on this lifeline must adjust. The new reality could benefit African countries by compelling improved project preparation and implementation, reducing price inflation, and decreasing the role of political over economic considerations in project selection.

At the last summit, in 2015, China also announced a $60 billion package for Africa comprised of $35 billion in…

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South African Lawmakers Latest to Call Out China for ‘Debt-Trap Diplomacy’


A $2.5 billion loan from China to South Africa’s largest utility company has come under scrutiny as local lawmakers accuse the Chinese regime of engaging in “debt-trap diplomacy.”

China has aggressively courted African nations for investments seen as advantageous to its national agenda.

In the Congo, China has provided billions in aid, allowing it to secure rights to mine for cobalt, a material that’s a key component to making lithium-ion batteries used to power electric vehicles—an industry targeted by Beijing for development. In Kenya, China has financed big-budget infrastructure projects, which has left the African country unable to pay its loans to Chinese entities.

At a recent cooperation forum in Beijing, China pledged $60 million to African nations, promising that government…

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TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy


KIGALI (Rwanda), June 3. /TASS/. Russia and the African Union are drafting a framework document on cooperation in coming years and an experts’ meeting on this issue is planned, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after negotiations with his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo on Sunday.

‘We agreed to prepare a political framework document to conceptually lay the foundation for our cooperation in coming years and to concurrently work out several practical projects that can be implemented already in the near future,” the Russian foreign minister said in response to a question about the area of interaction between Russia and the African Union.

“Now a meeting of Russian and African…

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South Africa on Footsteps of Morocco’s African Economic Diplomacy


The inroads of Morocco’s economic diplomacy in Africa are inspiring leaders in South Africa, which aspires to follow suit through the launch of an African policy to strengthen economic ties with the continent.

The move was announced by South Africa’s Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, in an attempt to break away with the unfruitful political rhetoric that has characterized Pretoria’s relations with the continent.

South Africa is trying to position itself as the gateway to the African continent and needs a strong economy to do so, economists say, noting that the current crisis hinders South Africa from boosting its influence on the continent.

Morocco could offer the example to Pretoria as the North African Kingdom has engaged in a south-south…

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